A SCHEME which helps local people get to work or college has taken delivery of 15 new scooters.

The Wheels 2 Work scheme, which is operated by Ryedale Community Transport, has bought the new fleet with grants from the district and county council, along with the National Lottery.

Philip Hoyle, the Wheels 2 Work co-ordinator, said the money had enabled the charity to revamp the scheme.

“The scooters are available to anyone who lives in the Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby district and are 16 or over,” he said.

“The aim is to help them to get to employment, training or voluntary work.”

Mr Hoyle said the majority of users lived in remote areas where public transport was not available or worked hours when a bus service was not running.

“For a weekly charge of £20, we provide everything including insurance and clothing and all the equipment needed,” he said. “All sorts of people have used them including chefs and care workers and they can be used other than for work while they are on loan.”

Ryedale Community Transport, which is based on Norton Grove Industrial Estate, was awarded a grant of £10,875 from North Yorkshire County Council and £7,625 from Ryedale District Council which enabled them to buy the new scooters.

The major sponsor for the Wheels 2 Work project is Big Lottery Fund with £253,279 which was granted for five years until March 31, 2015.

Mr Hoyle said: “We hope those who are struggling with transport issues will get in touch and benefit from the scheme, which will allow them to take advantage of the work, training and education opportunities available to them.”

Anyone who would like more information should phone Wheels 2 Work on 01653 699059.